Chicago-Area Sweeney Todd to Star Gregg Edelman and Liz McCartney

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Broadway actors Gregg Edelman and Liz McCartney will co-star in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd for Chicago-area audiences beginning Aug. 11 at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.

Gregg Edelman performs.
Gregg Edelman performs.

Four-time Tony nominee Edelman, who appeared in the original cast of Sondheim's Passion, the revival of Into the Woods, as well as City of Angels, Anna Karenina and 1776 on Broadway, will star in the title role of the murderous barber hell-bent on revenge, opposite McCartney (Phantom of the Opera, Taboo, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as his accomplice, Mrs. Lovett.

Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell will direct and choreograph the production that will officially open Aug. 17 for a run through Oct. 9. Sweeney Todd has a score by Sondheim and a book by Wheeler.

The cast will also include Kevin Gudahl as Judge Turpin, George Keating as Pirelli, Jonah Rawitz as Tobias Ragg, Emily Rohm as Johanna, Travis Taylor as Anthony, George Andrew Wolff as Beadle Bamford and Heidi Kettenring as the Beggar Woman.

The ensemble features Larry Adams, John Babbo, Kevin Barthel, Sean Effinger Dean, John Finley, Natalie Ford, Patrick Gagnon, David Girolmo, Cory Goodrich, Matthew Jones, Rachel Klippel, Cathy Lord, Ann McMann and Andrea Prestinario.

Sweeney Todd will have set design by Kevin Depinet, lighting design by Jesse Klug, costume design by Theresa Ham, sound design by Garth Helm and wig design by Rick Jarvie.

The original production of Sweeney Todd won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it premiered on Broadway in 1979 starring Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury. The 2005 Broadway revival, directed by John Doyle, featured a reduced cast, all of whom played instruments as well as their respective roles.

For tickets, phone (630) 530-0111 or visit DruryLaneOakbrook.

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